As Christian men, our desire should be that of continued spiritual growth in Christ to become the men that God called us to be.
In his second letter to Timothy, Paul referred to a “man of God” as being one who is “equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17). This verse poses an important question. What does a “man of God” look like? How do we recognize him? In his book, “The Measure of a Man, Gene Getz provides a list of 20 characteristics (read 1Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-10) which are the goals for every man of God to achieve as we seek spiritual growth in Christ. The 20 characteristics are:
1. Overall spiritual maturity (a well rounded man)
2. Above reproach (a man of good repute)
3. The husband of one wife (morally pure)
4. Temperate (balanced in words and actions)
5. Prudent (wise and humble)
6. Respectable (good role model)
7. Hospitable (unselfish and generous)
8. Able to teach (communicates sensitively in a non-threatening and non-defensive manner)
9. Not addicted to wine (not addicted to substances)
10. Not self-willed (not self-centered and controlling)
11. Not quick tempered (void of anger that becomes sinful)
12. Not pugnacious (not abusive)
13. Gentle (sensitive, loving and kind)
14. Peaceable (non-argumentative and non-divisive)
15. Free from the love of money (non-materialistic)
16. Manages his own household well (a good husband and father)
17. Loving what is good (pursues godly activities)
18. Just (wise, discerning, non-prejudiced and fair)
19. Devout (holy, devoted to God)
20. Self –Controlled (disciplined)
At first look, you might think that this list of characteristics are specifically for men who serve in pastoral roles. Not so! These characteristics are goals for every Christian man who aspires to be a man of God.
Evaluate your life as a man of God; what characteristics from the list of 20 would you consider areas of strength? What is one specific area that requires growth? What steps do you need to take to help you grow in this area? Take the steps this week to grow in Christ!